Several versions of the Flag of the United States of America were used during the Revolutionary War. One version had 13 stars in a circle in a field of blue at the upper left corner. This is the version that my great, great, great Aunt Betsy Ross is supposed to have made. The Betsy Ross Flag is probably the most recognizable of the flags used during the Revolutionary War. According to legend she made this flag at the request of General George Washington.
Although there is no proof this was the first flag design made, there is proof she was making this flag as early as 1777 and was still making flags as late as 1816.
Another version had the number 76, covered by a cap of 13 stars curved above the number. This is known as the Bennington Flag, and it has been adopted as the official flag of the Heroes of ’76 of the National Sojourners, a patriotic Masonic organization of which I am a member. There is a legend that General George Washington asked Rebecca Flower Young to make a flag for use by his troops when he first assumed command of the Continental Army. This design became known as the Grand Union Flag and had the British Flag in the upper right hand corner instead of stars and the rest 13 red and white stripes.
Congress established the first official flag on June 14, 1777 with one star for each state in the upper left corner.
The first Flag Day of record was held June 14, 1861 at Hartford, Connecticut. President Harry Truman approved a Resolution August 30, 1949, designating June 14 annually as Flag Day.
The colors of our Flag of the United States of America are:
RED is for valor, zeal, and fervency;
WHITE is for hope, purity, cleanliness of life and rectitude of conduct; and
BLUE is for the color of Heaven, for reverence to God, loyalty, sincerely, justice and truth;
The STARS (a star is the ancient symbol of India, Persia, and Egypt) symbolize dominion and sovereignty as well as lofty aspirations and the constellations of STARS (States) forming the Union.
One STAR for each state is emblematic of our Federal Constitution, which Reserves to the States their individual sovereignty except for rights reserved to the Federal Government or to the individual citizens (people).
We should always be proud of our flag, the Flag of the United States of America, and never let it touch the ground. We should stand proudly and quietly at attention when our flag passes by in a parade and salute it as it passes by.
The Pledge of Allegiance says, in part “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the country for which it stands.”
Our Flag represents our country. Disrespect for our Flag is disrespecting not only our country but also the veterans who fought and died defending our country and our Flag.
So, don’t forget to honor our Flag and our country on Flag Day, June 14.
War Emergency Pipeline Historical Marker Update:
We are still waiting for Enbridge-Texas Eastern dignitaries to give us a date as to when they can come to Norris City for the dedication of the War Emergency Pipeline Historical Marker that will be erected in Norris City. The marker is ready and those of us in Norris City are ready; we just need a date from the executives of Enbridge-Texas Eastern.
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